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How do I sign-up for a Minuteman library card?
You can register for a library card in person or a temporary one online.
Visit any one of the 61 Minuteman libraries and branch libraries. Be sure to bring a photo identification and proof of address. If you live, work, or go to school in MA but your home library is outside the Minuteman network, you can still sign-up for a Minuteman card or have your existing library card added to Minuteman's user database.
You can can also pre-register online for a temporary library card!
Go to https://library.minlib.net/selfreg and apply with a valid email address.
Your card number will be emailed to you. You can use the temporary card to borrow titles from the OverDrive digital catalog and place holds in the Minuteman catalog. Visit a Minuteman library in person to complete your registration and get a full Minuteman account.
What is "Minuteman"? Why does my library's website lead me to the Minuteman catalog?
Minuteman Library Network is a consortium of Metrowest public and academic libraries that work collectively to provide excellent service to library users. Libraries in a network share resources, including a single catalog that allows Minuteman card-holders to find, request, and borrow member libraries' materials, both digital and tangible.
(Local policy may restrict borrowing new materials and special collections. Talk to a librarian if you have any difficulties requesting or accessing an item.)
Is there a Minuteman app for my mobile device?
Yes! The "Minuteman Library Network" app is available in the Apple App Store, the Google Play store and through Amazon for Kindle Fire.
How do I find out when libraries are open, driving directions, and other library-related information?
For the most up-to-date infomation about a library's hours, location, and services, visit the library's website. See our page of Member Libraries to find the links to their websites and contact page.
What is OverDrive? How do I borrow an item from OverDrive?
OverDrive is an online collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos that you can borrow with a Minuteman library card. You can borrow and place holds for OverDrive items directly from the catalog search results as well as from Minuteman's OverDrive website, or using the Libby app on your mobile device.Borrow or request an OverDrive item directly from your search results:
Or click the "Econnect" link in the item details to go the OverDrive catalog:
What is Hoopla? How do I borrow an item from Hoopla?
Hoopla is an online collection of streaming audiobooks, music, movies, plus ebooks and comics. Not all libraries in the Minuteman Network subscribe to Hoopla. Check your library's website or ask a librarian for details.
Hoopla titles can be found in the catalog and can be accessed by clicking on the "Instantly available on hoopla" link. (You will need to create a Hoopla log-in with your library card number or username.)
Is online search help available?
For information about using the catalog to find library materials, see the Searching FAQ.Searching
For detailed tips on searching the catalog and limiting search results, see Advanced Search Tips.Advanced Search Tips
I didn't find the item I was looking for in Minuteman's catalog. What should I do?
Once I'm in the catalog, how do I return to the Minuteman homepage?
You can return to the Minuteman home page by clicking on Minuteman logo in the top banner of the search screen.
Is there a timeout period for the catalog and My Account?
The catalog times out and begins a new session after 10 minutes of inactivity. If you forgot to log out, the catalog will log you out.
Is there a mobile version of the Minuteman catalog?
Yes, the catalog interface should recognize whether you are viewing it on a mobile device browser or on a desktop brower and adjust for optimal viewing. You can also toggle between the mobile or desktop views by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and hitting "Mobile Site" or "Full Screen".
Which browsers are recommended for using Minuteman websites?
Our catalog developer supports the 2 most recent versions of commonly used browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge/IE. These browsers enable the best possible performance, security and user experience.
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What languages can I use to view and search the catalog?
The catalog can be used in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, Portuguese and Russian languages. For more details, see the Searching FAQ.
I do not want my name displayed on my holds at the library. How can I ensure my privacy?
Most libraries with an open hold shelf abbreviate your last name (family name) to the first 3-4 letters on the hold slip, but you can use an alias instead of your full name to display on the hold slips.
Please talk to staff at the circulation / access service desk at your library about setting a "pick-up alias". (A pick-up alias is different than your Username, and cannot be created in My Account).
How do I get free access to the New York Times online through Minuteman libraries?
The Minuteman Library Network provides free unlimited access to nytimes.com in all public member libraries, and 72-hour home access through our libraries' websites with a promo code.
In Library Access: Visit www.nytimes.com on any public Minuteman library computer or wireless network. Log in or create an account to access NY Times online content for free.
Features included in unlimited NY Times online access:
Remote Access only:
What if my library doesn't have a subscription to a database in the Articles & Reviews search?
The Articles & Reviews area searches databases that are available to all Massachusetts residents. Your library subscribes to all Massachusetts state-wide databases by default.